Wellness - Yoga


Wellness Programs

Yoga at Fernwood


Conscious Vinyasa Series 
Wednesday nights, April 24 – May 29; 5:15–6:30pm
Come spend twilights in the gardens with us mid-week, linking breath to movement. Class opens with with qigong warmups and pranayama; emphasis is on harnessing our bandhas so our practice becomes lighter and brighter. Some yoga experience is recommended; please bring your own yoga props.
$50 for 5 sessions (Members get all 6 sessions for $50) 
Registration required by April 22.
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Second and Fourth Saturdays 2–4pm
Click on date to register.
March 9
March 23
April 13
April 27
Conscious Vinyasa Yoga for the first hour in the gardens (weather permitting, see description above). Second hour includes a "forest bath" as we stroll down to the platform by the river for Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) for guidance through the 'five layers of self' (Pancha Maya Kosha).
First Hour Yoga only: $12 (members $10)
2 Hour Yoga & Nidra/Meditation: $24 (Members $20)
Registration required by the Wednesday before each class.

Wellbeing Workshop

Reclaiming Our Nature Contemplative Program: Spring Retreats

Saturday, April 20 &
Saturday, May 18, 1–4pm
One of eight annual contemplative programs that reflect the theme of "Reclaiming Our Nature," and use the seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall – to celebrate and mark transition periods in our lives – this series of meditative rituals draws on the beautiful natural surroundings of the gardens and our own human nature to practice being present through awakening our senses. For spring, engage with sacred symbols of art, nature and your deeply interwoven selves. 

$42 (Members $34) 
Registration required by April 16 & May 14

Caring for Caregivers Program
This course is designed for those in the Caregiving Professions where rates of burnout are particularly high, such as in healthcare, education, social work/counseling, ministry, social justice work and humanitarian assistance, as well as for informal caregivers who are feeling the strain of care taking for others. It is based on a holistic model that values self-care, sustainable accompaniment in service and an inside-out developmental approach. It includes six months of interactive content, practice and assessment to track learning goals as you explore and cultivate your intra-personal, interpersonal and group competencies and restore your “call” to self, work, and community.

Click here to view the Caring for Caregivers brochure.

April–September 2019

Saturdays 9:30-12:30pm

Deadline for registration: April 24 or Wednesday preceding workshop. 

$54 for members/$67 non-members, per workshop 

or $312 for members/ $390 for non-members for the full 6 month course 

Limited to 12 participants per session.



April 27 9:30am–12:30pm

May 25 9:30am–12:30pm

June 22 9:30am–12:30pm

July 27 9:30am–12:30pm

August 24 9:30am–12:30pm

September 14 9:30am–12:30pm

Call 269.695.6491 to register.

All of these programs can be facilitated on-site in the gardens or travel to your location and customized to your unique context. They can include some combination of sensory awareness, movement and guided meditation or other wisdom practice using nature as a catalyst for our human potential.

Contact instructor, Deirdre Guthrie, to set up a free consultation at dguthrie@fernwoodbotanical.org.

About the Instructor
Deirdre is a research professor, storyteller and anthropologist investigating and practicing in the area of human flourishing and social-ecological justice. In this capacity she serves as a principal investigator on the Well Being at Work Project at the University of Notre Dame. Click here to continue.

What people are saying...

“Deirdre came to our barn before the commitment ceremony and created such a beautiful yoga practice for us to share before the big day. She really listened during the consult and prepared such a sweet closing meditation for our group, celebrating love and our friendship!”  
- Molly, bridesmaid

“I absolutely loved the spring retreat and found it to be very nourishing and healing for my soul! Thank you so very much for your time, attention, and planning. I had looked forward to the retreat for weeks, and am so appreciative, and grateful for the gift of peace, comfort, and refreshment.”
- Christine, teacher